The Ballad of Tallulah Bankhead

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54 in '56, what you see is what's left
in a game of truth with Cowards death will always win
daddy tried to warn me about men and sloe
but he never mentioned women or the snow

cocaine cleans the palette
codeine clears a cough
absinthe makes the heart grow fond
but I'll take morphine 'til the memory's gone

Somerset Maugham and the aspirin vial
ain't gonna rain no more for a motherless child
if hell gets any hotter we'll be battered and fried
but I'll still be the last one left alive

white lightning wipes the palette
whiskey clears a cough
absinthe makes the heart grow fond
but I'll take morphine 'til the memory's gone

may you live as long as you want to
may you want to as long as you live
if I'm asleep and you want me, wake me
if I'm awake and I don't want to, make me

cocaine cleans the palette
codeine clears a cough
absinthe makes the heart grow fond
but I'll take morphine 'til the memory's gone

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from The Great American Novelty, released June 21, 2018

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